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AB-1945 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: investment plan.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/15/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1945


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

January 29, 2018


An act to add Section 16428.87 to the Government Code, and to amend Section 39716 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1945, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: investment plan.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law requires the Department of Finance, in consultation with the state board and any other relevant state agency, to develop, as specified, a 3-year investment plan for the moneys deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.

This bill would require the state board to work with state agencies administering grant programs that allocate moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to add specified cobenefits, to give specified communities preferential points during grant application scoring, and to allow applicants from the Counties of Imperial and San Diego to include daytime population numbers in grant applications.
This bill also would require the Department of Finance to include in the 3-year investment plan specified information on the applications received for each grant program allocating moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) It is important for the state to prioritize climate investments in areas of most need, or where there is the most opportunity for cobenefits, and to continuously learn and evaluate the state’s spending to ensure it is reaching the intended targets.
(b) Specifically for the California-Mexico border region, where there are an average of 60,000 individuals crossing into the Counties of Imperial and San Diego each day, there need to be special adjustments to ensure that region can achieve its emission reduction goals.

SEC. 2.

 Section 16428.87 is added to the Government Code, to read:

16428.87.
 The State Air Resources Board shall work with state agencies administering grant programs that allocate moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to ensure all of the following:
(a) The addition of the following cobenefits:
(1) Public and community access.
(2) Food access.
(3) Access to services.
(4) Partnerships with multiple jurisdictions.
(5) Improved community resiliency.
(6) Avoided emissions.
(7) Benefits to the California-Mexico border region.
(b) Communities identified for community emission reduction programs pursuant to Section 44391.2 of the Health and Safety Code are given preferential points during grant application scoring.
(c) Applicants from the Counties of Imperial and San Diego are allowed to include daytime population numbers in grant applications.

SECTION 1.SEC. 3.

 Section 39716 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

39716.
 (a) The Department of Finance, on behalf of the Governor, and in consultation with the state board and any other relevant state entity, shall develop and submit to the Legislature at the time of the department’s adjustments to the proposed 2013–14 fiscal year budget pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 13308 of the Government Code a three-year investment plan. Commencing with the 2016–17 fiscal year budget and every three years thereafter, with the release of the Governor’s budget proposal, the Department of Finance shall include updates to the investment plan following the public process described in subdivisions (b) and (c). The investment plan, consistent with the requirements of Section 39712, shall do all of the following:
(1) Identify the state’s near-term and long-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and targets by sector.
(2) Analyze gaps, where applicable, in current state strategies to meeting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and targets by sector.
(3) (A) Identify priority programmatic investments of moneys that will facilitate the achievement of feasible and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions toward achievement of greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and targets by sector, consistent with subdivision (c) of Section 39712.
(B) In identifying priority programmatic investments, the investment plan shall do both of the following:
(i) Assess how proposed investments interact with current state regulations, policies, and programs.
(ii) Evaluate if and how those proposed investments could be incorporated into existing programs.
(4) Recommend metrics that would measure progress and benefits from the proposed programmatic investments.
(5) Report on the applications received for each grant program allocating moneys from the fund, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Locations of projects proposed.
(B) Amount of moneys requested for each project.
(C) Name of lead applicants.
(D) Whether the projects were funded in whole or in part with moneys from the fund.
(b) (1) The state board shall hold at least two public workshops in different regions of the state and one public hearing prior to the Department of Finance submitting the investment plan.
(2) The state board shall, prior to the submission of each investment plan, consult with the Public Utilities Commission to ensure the investment plan is coordinated with, and does not conflict with or unduly overlap with, activities under the oversight or administration of the Public Utilities Commission undertaken pursuant to Part 5 (commencing with Section 38570) of Division 25.5 or other activities under the oversight or administration of the Public Utilities Commission that facilitate greenhouse gas emissions reductions consistent with this division. The investment plan shall include a description of the use of any moneys generated by the sale of allowances received at no cost by the investor-owned utilities pursuant to a market-based compliance mechanism.
(c) The Climate Action Team, established under Executive Order S-3-05, shall provide information to the Department of Finance and the state board to assist in the development of each investment plan. The Climate Action Team shall participate in each public workshop held on an investment plan and provide testimony to the state board on each investment plan. For purposes of this section, the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development shall assist the Climate Action Team in its efforts.